Renaissance Chicago Hotel

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Renaissance Chicago Hotel

4 star

Rooms: 513

1 West Wacker Drive - Chicago - Illinois - 60601 - United States Hotel Website | 312 372 7200
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Wonderful stay at the Renaissance
Submitted by: Damon in 17/07/06
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
I had a wonderful stay at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel. This hotel is steps away from the Chicago River and State Street with absolutely breathtaking views of the Loop. The service is professional and impeccable. I did order room service late at night and the food was delightful. The door on the piece of furniture that held the tv/internet didnt quite shut and that bothered me. The bathrooms are spacious and I adored the lemon grass soaps and shower gels. Overall, I had a wonderful stay and the price was unbeatable. I'd stay here again.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Renaissance Chicago Hotel

My Favorite Chicago Hotel

from Criticaltraveller
Excellent location for business and sightseeing. The rooms are larger than at other hotels, and the river views are beautiful. A bit noisy, however, if your room faces the "el", what with trains going past at all hours. Request a river-view room instead.

Very good

from A TripAdvisor Member
Very nice hotel. Not quite a Ritz but close enough. Only complaint my wife had was no turn down service. Great location for theaters and shopping State street or Michigan Ave. Would stay there again and price for the quality and location was good as well.


from A TripAdvisor Member
I've stayed at this hotel numerous times and always find it a great place to stay. The rooms are well appointed and the staff is very helpful. This hotel is one of those rare jewels in Chicago that can be bargin if you go the Marriott site to book at from time to time. I'll recommend it to anyone.

Excellent hotel

from winydapu
Hope to stay here again!!!!!! Location puts all major Chicago attractions within walking distance or a short cab drive. Hotel amenities and service rates a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Even though our room was booked through Priceline, we still received top notch service.

Excellent in every way.

from kurock_chalk
We just got home from spending the July 4th weekend (three nights) at this hotel. Up front you should know that I am a Marriott Gold Rewards member and used Marriott Reward points for a free stay but I don't believe this effected the quality service we received.. Everything about this hotel was nice. The room was clean, bright, well situated and located on the 11th floor with a river view. We had twice daily maid service including turn down service each night. Fresh ice was always found in our ice bucket each evening after the turn down service. We also received daily weather forecasts in our room. We tried room service on a Saturday morning and the food was delivered in less than 20 minutes and on a rolling table. No kidding. The bed was very comfortable and down pillows were provided. Loved the bathroom lighting and the stereo sound from the TV piped inwith volume control. The room was very quiet. We did experience some city noise but that is to be expected and is something we personally like. The concierge helped many, many times including providing us with an umbrella for a day. The elevators were very fast which was an unexpected surprise. The lobby has a fully loaded Starbucks which provided us with a place to pick up fresh fruit and salads. Although I would have liked to have been a little closer to Michigan Ave., this hotel will be GREAT for when making a theater going trip as the hotel literally sits in the district. Marshall Fields on State is just one quick block away. No problems with this hotel. We loved every minute and will definitely go back. No question about it.

Fabulous hotel!

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel is fabulous! The rooms are spacious, bathroom is large with lots of extra towels. Our room was furnished elegantly. Bed was very comfortable with feather pillows (also has hypoallergenic pillows available). I am extremely sensitive to odors and found no unpleasant smells at all, nor did I find anything rundown about either the room or the lobby areas. Hotel is close to transportation, Marshall Fields, Grant Park, the river. Staff was friendly and helpful. I can't wait to come back and stay longer!

Excellent choice, top notch

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed for 3 nights over memorial day weekend. This is a top notch hotel, and for the quality and luxury, reasonably priced. Great location on the Chicago river, short walk to Michigan Avenue. Had a great view of the city and the river. Room service was one of the fastest I have ever used, and the food was excellent. Very comfortable bed, large bathroom, just top notch all around. Would definitely stay here again next time in Chicago.

A bit down at the heels, but still nice!!

from emmi331
Location is everything, and this hotel has it! Right on the river (splurge if you can on a room that faces the river), in the heart of the Loop, so you can walk out and sightsee right from the hotel.
The rooms need work - the carpet in mine was a bit run-down, and the bathrooms could use some upgrading. The service is excellent - when I had a complaint about room service, I found a beautiful complimentary dessert waiting for me when I returned to my room later that evening. The staff was always polite, helpful, and especially kind about assisting me with directions.

Smelly hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
The reviewers that gave this hotel a rating of "excellent" must not be accustomed to staying in very nice hotels. The Renaissance Chicago Hotel is old and dated, with a distinctly old and used aire from the lobby to the guest rooms. The lobby is cheap and hideous looking with ugly floral carpet and couches and used, warn furniture. Also, there are gold fish bowls on top of the coffee tables in the lobby, a very bizzare touch.
The worst thing about the hotel was that our room smelled really, really bad. I don't want to be vulgar, but it smelled like a dirty, sweaty butt. The entire floor was permeated by this stinch and also by the smell of burning hair that appeared to be coming from one of the rooms. Also, the "clean" towels and sheets smelled very, very dirty. I only gave this hotel an "okay" rating instead of terrible because the staff was very helpful. Our reservation was lost, and the front desk staff took the time to call our travel agent and take care of the process for us. Very helpful, too bad the hotel smells so bad.

Super access to public transportation.

from jimboboy99
I love the hotel and I love its location also. I've stayed 4 times at this hotel. You can ride the train in from either airport and the L drops you off about 1/3 of a block from the back entrance of the hotel. Literally, you get off the train and you can be in the hotel within 2 minutes of stepping off the train. Also, the subway stop over by the Chicago Theatre is 1 block away and that will take you to Wrigly Field and Boystown. The hotel staff really makes an effort to be nice and accomodating. Also the hotel is very upscale, though not luxury and many of the rooms have a good view of the Chicago River. The Club Level lounge serves above average food. Its my favorite hotel in Chicago, cause it has the absolute best access to the train system. If your sole purpose is to shop on the Magnificent Mile you may want to choose another hotel. Although access to the Mag Mile is okay, other hotels have better access. But if you want train access from either airport and want to go to Wrigley Field or Boystown in an upscale hotel with easy access, this is the hotel to stay at. PS, a cab ride from Wrigley or Boystown to this hotel say at 3 am in the morning costs about $11. A cab ride to Navy Pier is about $5. The walk to the Mag Mile is about 10 minutes.

Top Local Tips for Chicago

walk in down town area When we go to big cities, we walk everywhere. Chicago is a safe big city and you can wallk all over downtown area with no problems. Of couse you'll be solicited by beggars more than you'd like but it goes with the territory. The more you walk, the more you can justify what you eat!

Handy places to eat. The tuna at Catch 35 next door was superb and the steaks at Morton's Steakhouse were great.

Lake views Try to get an upper floor view from a skyscraper overlooking Lake Michigan - magnificent!


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  • Address: 1 West Wacker Drive - Chicago - Illinois - 60601 - United States
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